A ‘special’ driver in NMC becomes babu!


Nagpur: In a last minute move, a Municipal Commissioner before demitting office reportedly signed a proposal appointing his car driver as a clerk in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The former Municipal Commissioner’s ‘grand gift’ to his driver has raised many an eyebrow.

According to sources, the said driver was serving the four past Municipal Commissioners since the past 10 years. During this period, the said driver became ‘special’ of every Municipal Commissioner. As per rules, he should have transferred to other departments in the same capacity as driver.

But now the situation has changed. A Municipal Commissioner, just before demitting office, signed the proposal transferring the said driver to Laxmi Nagar Zone on the post of clerk. The proposal was sent to General Administration Department (GAD) for further course of action. But the GAD has so far not followed the ‘diktat’ and taking its own time.

A driver is supposed to be deployed for 24-hour at the service of official of Municipal Commissioner level. An additional driver named Sayyed reportedly stays at the bungalow of Municipal Commissioner. During a departmental discussion, a suggestion was made that this driver should be appointed as driver of the top NMC boss. A demand was also made to initiate probe against the driver who has been transferred as a clerk who is facing serious allegations.